Washington Mudslide: Officials Confirm 8 Dead, 108 Still Missing

Posted on by Lorrie Hellickson

Search-and-rescue teams confirmed that eight people died in a devastating mudslide that struck the neighborhood in Washington State.

People washed out

Authorities said that 109 people were still missing or unaccounted for. But that doesn’t mean all of them were injured or killed.

The number is from a combined list of names reported missing in the wake of the landslide from various sources.

Image by  Mdhowe | Wikimedia

Image by Mdhowe | Wikimedia

Snohomish County emergency management director John Pennington said the official death toll remains at eight with seven others injured.

The affected area includes 35 traditionally built houses, 13 manufactured homes and RVs, and a cabin, Pennington said.

Hopes dimming

The operation still continues and local officials described the scene as an area of devastation.

“Total devastation. I mean, it’s just unbelievable. It reminds me of what a tornado looks like when it’s touched the ground,” said Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary in a statement.

Search teams have worked tirelessly to recover dead bodies and find survivors.


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